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Gattuso's House Raided in Italian Betting Scandal
ESPN FC, December 17th, 2013 10:17AM

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The house of former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was raided on Monday night by investigators looking for evidence in a widespread match-fixing enquiry across Italy. Gattuso and former Lazio and Milan midfielder Cristian Brocchi are the latest names linked to one of four individuals arrested by Italian authorities on Monday, although neither Gattuso nor Brocchi were arrested.

The case is related to the 2011 Italian soccer betting scandal involving Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, who is currently serving a suspension, as well as former Lazio striker Giuseppe Signori, who was placed under house arrest in 2011 and subsequently banned form the game for five years as part of his involvement. The group was accused of having fixed a wide range of Serie B, Lega Pro Prima Divisione and Lega Pro Seconda Divisone games.

"Today's result is the fruit of the continued investigation Last Bet 1 and Last Bet 2, which have led to a total of 54 arrests with more than 120 people investigated,” Raffaele Grassi, director of the operation, told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

A total of 15 raids were made on homes in northern Italy on Monday, including Gattuso's and Brocchi's. The report suggests that Milan's game with Lazio from Feb. 1, 2011, in addition to two more Milan matches -- against Chievo and Bari -- are being investigated.

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